Suicide Squad, DC’s end-of-summer blockbuster and the third attempt to kickstart its nascent shared film universe, was met with much the same reaction as Batman v Superman before it: gratuitous critical panning, bombastic Thursday/Friday ticket sales and a steep drop by Sunday, signaling a difficult battle for the film to make back its massive budget. It’s probably a small consolation to Warner Bros.’ bottom line, but while another DC film stumbles out of the gate, DC Comics—the original home of Batman, The Joker and all the rest—is flourishing.
Riding high on its Rebirth initiative, DC loads up this week with the hotly anticipated All-Star Batman, which reunites Scott Snyder with the Caped Crusader as drawn by industry legend John Romita, Jr.; a perfectly timed new Suicide Squad mini; the return of Deathstroke with his new writer, Christopher Priest; Lois Lane flying high in her own solo series; and yet another chance for Scott Lobdell to do right by Jason Todd. We typically try to diversify our weekly comic recommendations, but we can’t deny that it’s a big week for the Burbank half of the Big Two.
Fear not if you’ve got no love for Superman and his ilk, though: this week also features an anniversary tribute to Jim Henson and David Bowie’s mythic collaboration, a cosmically queer coloring book and a brand-new Hickman conspiracy thriller that doesn’t even seem that far-fetched, thanks to the mind-boggling state of modern American politics.